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Montevideo, February 21st 2019 - 20:27 UTC

Tag: Ocean pollution

  • Monday, November 26th 2018 - 07:40 UTC

    New Zealand reports the death of some 145 pilot whales stranded in a beach

    The two pods of pilot whales were beached about 2km apart from each other on a beach on Rakiura or Steward Island off the coast of South Island

    Like it happened in the Falkland Islands earlier in the month a group of up to 145 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand. The animals were discovered by walkers late on Saturday, strewn along the beach of Mason Bay.

  • Wednesday, November 21st 2018 - 08:38 UTC

    Dead sperm whale in Indonesia had kilos of plastic waste in its stomach

    The cause of death was not known, but park officials found plastic bottles, bags, sandals, and a sack with more than 1,000 pieces of string in the whale's stomach.

    A sperm whale found dead in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg of plastic waste, including 115 cups, in its stomach, park officials said on Tuesday. The 9.5m whale was found in waters near Kapota Island, part of the Wakatobi National Park, southeast of Sulawesi, the park said in a statement.

  • Monday, November 5th 2018 - 08:22 UTC

    CCAMLR fails to protect Southern Ocean

    Conservation is the principal objective of CCAMLR, ”yet it has consistently failed to fulfill its commitment to the protection of Antarctic marine living resources.”

    The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to take action to protect the Southern Ocean, with no progress made on the critical issues of marine protected areas, climate change, and transshipment.

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Tons of frozen micro-plastics found trapped in the floating ice of the Arctic

    Traces of 17 different types of plastic were found in frozen seawater. Micro-plastics are tiny plastic pieces under five millimeters long.

    Record levels of micro-plastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic. Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal micro-plastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded. As sea ice melts with climate change, the plastic will be released back into the water, with unknown effects on wildlife, say German scientists.

  • Wednesday, February 21st 2018 - 09:09 UTC

    Oceans' plastic pollution is illegal but, how to implement international treaties and conventions?

    Numerous international and regional treaties, conventions impose binding obligations on countries to protect the oceans, their wildlife and their ecosystems

    The pollution of oceans with plastic litter, discarded nylon fishing nets and eco-toxic micro-beads is well known as one of the great scourges of the modern age ― not just entangling and choking endangered, charismatic species like sea turtles, dolphins and even great whales, but attracting long-lived organic pollutants that end up permeating the entire marine food chain, right up to the fish on our plates.